Daily Stuff 7-9-12

Hi, folks!

Wicca 101 tonight!

It’s overcast and 58F. I’m feeling chilly, but some of that is that I’m still having trouble waking up. I slept like a dead thing last night.

There’s a house sparrow on the feeder. I’ve been seeing fluttering wings, but it’s all sparrows this morning.  I’m missing getting to spend more time in my study where I can watch.

I harvested roses and bergamot on the way out to the car and then we came down here and rushed to get open and set up. No takers on the workshop? So Lupa and I sat down and talked about the various things that we’re writing. We have a few of her books that are signed, now, but we didn’t add any stock of tails. She’s going to get us some later.

You all missed her table of goodies! She had some beautiful drums (which sparked off a discussion of whether a drum-making workshop is possible), pouches of all sorts, runes and ogam sets, some decorations and one beautiful turtle shell pouch that I kept picking up and drooling over (not drooling *on*, mind you….) Of course, she brought copies of her books, as well. She has a number of festivals this summer, but after those are done we’ll get well-stocked up again!

I don’t have a lot to add about yesterday, other than I was pretty busy. We had a lot of people in from the Valley. Folks that I only see on Facebook most of the time showed up, too, from Eugene and Coos Bay.

When we closed up last night Tempus and I were both just wiped out. I don’t know what he did after we got home, but I crawled into the tub and soaked for an hour, then crawled into my study and caught up on mail, then crawled into bed and read until he came in.

Today I have to get some sewing done and place a couple of small orders with my suppliers. I also need to go through the herbs to check for things that are dry enough to put away and then try to get a little sewing done.

Tempus has to finish up the new stock of sweetgrass and get caught up on paperwork.

We’ll be at the shop through class-time tonight.

The shop opens at 10am. Summer hours, 10am-7pm, Wednesday through Monday. If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open!

Love & Light,
Anja

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Today

The Moon is Waning Gibbous. Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity.
Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon.

At nightfall, spot bright Arcturus very high in the southwest to west. It’s way above Saturn, Spica, and Mars. Look off to the right of Arcturus for the Big Dipper — which is hanging down and, as night grows late, previewing its late-summer dip as if scooping water.
Mars (magnitude +0.8, in Virgo) glows orange in the west-southwest at dusk and lower later. It’s to the lower right of the Saturn-and-Spica pair by about 20°. It’s heading their way; Mars will pass right between Saturn and Spica in mid-August. In a telescope Mars is gibbous and very tiny (6.3 arcseconds wide), continuing to fade and shrink.

Celtic Tree Month of Tinne  Holly  Jul 8Aug 4
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Runic New Year and half-month of Feoh, 6/29-7/13
Important in the runic year cycle, today marks beginning of the first rune, Feoh, sacred to Frey and Freya (Freyja), the lord and lady often worshipped in modern Wicca. It is the half-month of wealth and success. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992

Sun in Cancer
Moon in Pisces enters Aries at 5:14am
Chiron, Neptune, Juno, Pluto Retrograde
Color: Grey
Harvest 7-9-11

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©2012 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Wunderground

Jul. 09, 2012 Rise Set
Actual Time 5:41 AM PDT 9:01 PM PDT
Civil Twilight 5:05 AM PDT 9:37 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight 4:18 AM PDT 10:23 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight 3:20 AM PDT 11:21 PM PDT
Moon No Moon Rise 12:32 PM PDT
Length Of Visible Light 16h 31m
Length of Day
15h 20m
Tomorrow will be 1m 19s shorter.

Waning Gibbous, 64% of the Moon is Illuminated

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Tides for Alsea Bay
Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~           /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                     Visible
M    9     High   5:00 AM     6.0   5:41 AM     Set 12:32 PM      71
~     9      Low  11:19 AM     0.6   9:01 PM
~     9     High   5:51 PM     7.1


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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Bad habits are like a comfortable bed…easy to get into, but hard to get out of.

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Journal Prompt – Favorites – What is your favorite day of the week?

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Quotes

The true measure of your worth includes all the benefits others have gained from your success. – Cullen Hightower
There is one thing you have got to learn about our movement. Three people are better than no people. – Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977) US activist
To realize that we are the creator of our life is liberating. Some people don’t want to know that they create the bad stuff as well as the good. But once we see it, then we know where our power lies. And then we can change. ~ Maggie Spilner
Two kinds of gratitude:  The sudden kind we feel for what we take; the larger kind we feel for what we give. – E. A. Robinson

Mount the stallion of Love and do not fear the path –
Love’s stallion knows the way exactly.
With one leap, Love’s horse will carry you home
However black with obstacles the way may be.– Jalal-ud-Din Rumi(Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)

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Magick –  

Lammas, or Teltane

Lammas, or Teltane is a cross-quarter day midway between summer solstice and fall equinox. Although the days are still long, the sun rises later and sets earlier. The rhythm of the earth is shifting and energies are beginning to draw inward. To ensure the balance between sun and earth energies necessary for a successful harvest, the ancient Celts celebrated a ritual marriage between earth and sun, male and female, each Teltane. Likewise, August is a time for us to bring about balance between our male and female aspects so that we can harvest the fruitfulness of our souls.

Prayer/Practice

Great Spirit, I give thanks for the celestial harmony which turns the cosmic wheel this cross-quarter day. My energy, like Mother Earth’s, is beginning to draw inward. Yet I am aware that it is still a season of outgoing activity. May I find balance by aligning with the energies of earth and sky, sun and moon, male and female, through whose dance all creation comes into being.

Take a few letting-go breaths and mindfully feel your way into the place of inner stillness. Sense the energy of Mother Earth. Sense the energy of Father Sun. Weave them together in the meditation of bridging earth and heaven, simultaneously inhaling both energies into your heart, then exhaling their union back out into creation.

GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives 2002

Purification Paste Spell – Incense of the day: Ginger

Lammastide is traditionally a time of honoring the gods of harvest whose myths were associated with ritual sacrifice. One modern novel, Harvest Home by Thomas Tryon, describes a modern-day community that still performs human sacrifice for their crops. Many modern Witch covens select a harvest lord and corn maiden, as in the novel, to preside over their rituals for a full year. The young lord is honored with praise and gifts before he is ritually “sacrificed” (we’re talking symbolically, of course!) to feed the fields and ensure a good and bountiful harvest. The altar is decorated with produce. Bread is baked, and the scythe is displayed. Such rites are powerful as they capture the essence of the cycle of life—nature’s design that rules all living things. By: Ruby Lavender, Llewellyn 

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Silliness – Twin Chips
Siamese twins walk into a pub in Ireland and park themselves on a bar stool.
One of them says to the bartender, “Don’t mind us, we’re joined at the hip.” “I’m John, he’s Jim. Two Guinness please”.
The bartender, feeling slightly awkward, tries to make polite conversation while pouring. “Been on holiday yet, lads?”
“Off to England next month,” says John. “We go to England every year and hire a car and drive for miles, don’t we, Jim?”
Jim agrees.
“Ah, England!’ says the bartender. “Interesting country…the history, the culture…”
“Nah, we don’t like any of that British crap!” says John. We can’t stand the English – they’re so arrogant and rude.”
“So why keep going to England?” asks the bartender.
“It’s the only chance Jim gets to drive.


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